USW President Will Join U.S. Commerce Secretary for Visit to U.S. Steel Irvin Plant

May 14, 2014, 10:14 ET from United Steelworkers (USW)

PITTSBURGH, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard will join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi on Thursday, May 15, in a visit to U.S. Steel's Irvin plant in West Mifflin, Pa.

The three will meet with leaders from industry, labor, academia and local government from the Pittsburgh area, as well as USW members on the job at Irvin, to discuss workforce development and skills training opportunities.

Secretary Pritzker and the Department of Commerce have identified skills training and development as a top priority and a vital tool for economic competitiveness and growth. The Obama administration recently announced significant investments that will continue to strengthen job-driven training in the manufacturing sector.

The Irvin plant, part of U.S. Steel's Mon Valley Works, is an integrated steelmaking operation that includes four separate facilities: Clairton, Edgar Thomson, Irvin and Fairless. USW members at the Irvin plant roll and treat steel slabs produced at the nearby Edgar Thomson plant.

Following the tour, members of the media will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer session with Secretary Pritzker, Gerard, and Longhi. An RSVP is required.

WHO: USW International President Leo W. Gerard, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and U.S. Steel President and CEO Mario Longhi

WHAT: Tour of U.S. Steel's Irvin plant, followed by question and answer session

WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 2014. Media arrival time: 8:45 a.m.

WHERE: Mon Valley Works Irvin plant, Camp Hollow Road, West Mifflin, Pa. Pass Control for check-in.

ATTIRE: Closed toe, flat heel shoes and long pants required. Protective gear will be provided.

RSVP: Members of the press wishing to attend must RSVP to (412) 433-6791.

Photo Opportunities – Q & A Session

CONTACT: R.J. Hufnagel, (412) 562-2450,

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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)